Places to Visit Near KancheepuramKanchipuram is bestowed with the gift of numerous temples like Shiva, Vishnu temples. But if you thought it is only temples that make Kancheepuram worth a visit, then you are wrong! Kancheepuram has a number of parks and sanctuaries and historical monuments to attract visitors who are not religiously inclined.
Below is a list of the tourist places to visit near Kanchipuram:
Rajiv Gandhi MemorialRajiv Gandhi was the sixth prime minister of India who served India from 1984 to 1989. Sadly he was assassinated on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumbudur while campaigning for Lok Sabha election. To tribute his death a memorial was constructed at the place of assassination known as Rajiv Gandhi Ninaivakam or memorial. The memorial was a result of a plan of a brilliant architect K.T. Ravindran which was built on about 12.19 acres of land was donated free of cost by the Tamil Nadu Government. It took about 21.15 crores of rupees for the construction of the memorial.
The Rajiv Gandhi memorial has a stone sculpture depicting India’s progress and a huge Indian flag hoisting. The Rajiv Gandhi memorial has a huge lawn tree lined pathways. The ground where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated is covered with a circular platform in yellow Jaisalmer stone, six metres in diameter and is surrounded by seven pillars. The seven pillars have their own meanings. Chakra represents Dharma (Compassion, generosity, duty), Bodhi Tree represents Satya (Truth), Chhatri represents Nyaya (Justice, Law), the star of knowledge represents Vigyan, the flames of sacrifice represents Tyaga, the lotus of peace represents Shant and the prosperity of Grass represents Samruddhi. Rajiv Gandhi’s final steps are marked by a path known as “path of light”. At the spot of his death also a stone mural and a stone plaque with the history of events is built with the words of Rajiv Gandhi “I am young and I too have a dream”.
Visiting hours: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Address: Singaperumalkoil - Sriperumbadur - Thiruvallur - Redhills Rd, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu
Madurantakam, KancheepuramMadurantakam is a town and a municipality in Kancheepuram. Madurantakam has the second largest man-made lake in south India which is believed to have been built by the Chola king Uthama Choza, also called as Maduranthakar, during his reign. The Maduranthakar lake has varieties flora and fauna, hence it is a nice spot for picnic and hang-out. Apart from the lake, it has a sanctuary Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. There are also many temples in Madurantakam dedicated to Lord Rama and Goddess Sita, Lord Shiva, Kamakshi, Murugar. There is also a church called as The Simpson Memorial Church and "St.Mary's church" and are very popular in Madurantakam.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP)
Arignar Anna Zoological Park also known as the Vandalur Zoo is the largest zoological garden in India. It has a total area of around 602 hectares (1,490 acres) which includes 92.45 hectares (228.4 acre) of rescue and rehabilitation centre. As of now there are 1479 animals and 152 species which can be divided into 46 species of mammals, 74 species of birds and 32 species of reptiles. One can find here species of Tiger, wild dog, sambhar, leopard, lion (hybrid),Indian bison, jackal, Nilgiri langur, hyena,blackbucks, barking deer, lion-tailed macaque, spotted deer, crocodile, snakes, water birds.
Entrance fee for visitors are Rs. 30/- for adults (above 12) and Rs. 10/- for children (5 to 12). One can hire a battery operated vehicle which will take them around the zoo stopping at major halts for some time to see and enjoy and then move on, the charge for battery operated vehicle is Rs. 330/- per vehicle. Around 4 persons can sit in the vehicle. Facilities such as drinking water, toilets, Restaurant, canteen, milk parlour and tea stall tiled sitting benches and rest sheds are provided at several places inside the zoological park.
Visiting hours:10:00 am to 06:30 pm
Address: Vandalur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600048, Peerakankaranai, Tamil Nadu 600048
Phone: 044 2275 1089
This war cemetery was built in 1855 in the memory of 855 Commonwealth soldiers, both men and women. The War cemetery in Kancheepuram is circular in shape and is maintained by the Government of India in collaboration with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Address: War Cemetery, Nandambakkam, 600089, Mt Poonamalle High Rd, Ekkatuthangal, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032
Visiting time: Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM
Queensland Amusement ParkQueensland is one of the prominent amusement parks in Kancheepuram established in 2003 is worth a visit. Queensland Park is spread over 70 acres of area. Rides available in Queensland park are Free fall tower about 150 feet, alpen blitz, roller coaster, sky walk by means of cable car, Himalayan water rides other than rides boating, American wave pool, bump car, crazy horses and loads of entertainments are available in Queensland Park, it is really a value for money.
Address: Chennai Bangalore Trunk Rd, Palanjur, Chembarambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 602103
Contact: 044 2681 1124
Visiting time: All days of the week, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, KancheepuramVedanthangal Bird Sanctuary was established in 1858 which makes it the oldest bird sanctuary in India. Vedanthangal meaning 'hamlet of the hunter is spread across 74 acres of land in Kancheepuram and is 75 km from Chennai. There are over 30,000 birds visiting this sanctuary during the migratory season from various parts of the world. Some of the bird species include Cormorants, Night Herons, Moorhen, Grebes, Painted Stork, Large and little Egrets, Darter, Paddy Bird, Pond Heron, Sandpiper, White Ibis, Shovellers, Pintails, Terns, and many more. The local residents protect this sanctuary with all their heart; they have made an interesting observation that the droppings of the birds into the water tank increases the nitrogen content which in turn if used for irrigation of crops increases the yield hence saving the cost of the fertilizers. Come here for the beautiful flora and fauna.
Address: Kanchipuram, Chengalpet, Tamil Nadu
Visiting time: All days of the week 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
Best time to visit: November to march
Contact: 044 2744 2232
Crocodile BankCrocodile bank is located in Kancheepuram around 42 km from Chennai built to protect the dwindling population of crocodiles. Crocodile bank is spread over 3.2 hectares of land, there are over 6,000 crocodiles with seven different crocodile species including three Indian varieties and four African ones. The snake farm in Crocodile Bank produces anti venom. The research department at Corocodile Bank conducts research on turtles and monitors lizards - crocodile's environmental partners.
Address: State Highway 49, Vada Nemmeli, Tamil Nadu 603104
Visiting time: 10:00 am to 005:30 pm